Mother and Baby Home victims deserve State apology – Ó Laoghaire
Speaking today on this week’s interim report from the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire outlined his concerns and called on Minister Katherine Zappone to issue an apology on behalf of the state.
The Cork South-Central TD said:
“I once again raise the need for the commission to extend its investigations into all Mother and Baby Homes in question. Furthermore, the commission should ensure that the Confidential Committee, in seeking truth, interview those who were involved in the running of these institutions, or if there are individuals that were named by survivors in their testimonies.
“In the interest of transparency, these survivors should be afforded the opportunity to have public hearings. The commission has the authority to do so, and this has been the practice in previous inquiries and investigations into institutional abuse. It is also imperative that all matters regarding the illegal adoption and trafficking of babies must be included in their investigation into the Mother and Baby homes, and all institutions where situations like these were occurring. People deserve the truth.
“The commission should be in a position to make judgement, on a case by case basis, through submissions already received, and recommend to the Minister that age needs to be taken into account. Many of the survivors who are now elderly need redress before time runs out for them.
“This is all in the interest of justice for these victims being realised. I’m sure there are many victims in the US and Britain that are still unaware of the work of the commission. I would suggest that an advertising campaign be run once again to ensure all are aware.
“It is only right that the inhumane treatment and suffering of Irish women and their children must be acknowledged by the Irish government. The Minister should issue an immediate apology on behalf of the state.”